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Rose and Thorn #2

January 18, 2004

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Fertile Ground

Rose is let out of the hospital into the real world… and Thorn is along for the ride.

Writer: Gail Simone
Pencils: Adriana Melo
Inks: Dan Green
Colors: Alex Bleyaert
Letters: Jared Fletcher
Editor: Mike Carlin
Cover Art: Adam Hughes
Publisher: DC Comics

Last issue, a young woman in a mental ward developed a second personality, a dark, brutal “Thorn” to contain her violent tendencies. This issue, Rose and her doctors deal with the fallout of Thorn’s bloody appearance at the end of last issue. Despite her blow-up, in this issue her doctors begin discussing Rose’s re-integration into society… a release Thorn will relish.

This issue Gail Simone delves deeper into the personalities of her title character, a torn woman with a quiet, docile side and a vicious, angry side. That angry side in particular gets developed… she is much less random in this issue, more calculating. We see clearly that Thorn is far more than just a brutal, random killer, but rather a furious woman with a mission of vengeance. This is particularly fleshed out in the second half of the book, where Thorn actually takes on a position as a protector for Rose, even as she’s forcing her back into the corners of her own mind.

Melo is a fantastic artist, and the perfect choice for this book. While it is essential to portray Rose as a beautiful woman, with a look that can sometimes be borderline cheesecake, it never feels gratuitous in this comic book. To make things even better, the “internal” scenes in Rose’s mind look as disjointed and scattershot as one could hope for a woman with such a unique problem.

Two issues into this miniseries and it’s proving to be something to look forward to every month. If every obscure character could be given an update and makeover like this, the DC Universe would quickly get weighed down with more fantastic superheroes than the comic book racks would support.

Rating: 8/10

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